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New year, old troubles

  Dear Carolyn, I’m not any further into my goal toward becoming a better person than I was this time last year. I’ve got my resolution list all written and taped to my dashboard. But I don’t really believe I’ll accomplish any of them.  Right now, I’m taking your advice and taking it slow. Instead of trying to lose 50 pounds, I’m trying to substitute water for soda and walk 30 minutes a day. Those two things ...

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2011 closes strong as clothing leads December factory growth

The monthly report on factory activity from the Institute for Supply Management shows a little increase in manufacturing for December.

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Stiff wind to pay the toll: The 2011 Channel 19 year in review

What better way to start the new year than with a look back on the previous? I did it last year, after all, so let's make it a tradition, how bout? The Chinese Year of the Rabbit saw all manner of issues hopping in and out of the national on-highway spotlight, bookended by a proposed hours-of-service rule and its ultimate issuance, slightly reducing potential weekly work hours. Bound up in the discussion was, as any regular ...

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How to do a fuel-saving test

Though it can be labor-intensive, developing your own testing methods to improve fuel mileage pays off.

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Healthy Obsession

Our new website, http://www.Truckers4aGoal.com, is a place you can read about other drivers (such as Richie Nehrings, whose story is on page 18), get health tips, see information about common health concerns and discuss with others your health goals for 2012.

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Roadside Attractions

Stowaways are caught, Overdrive has a young fan, how to prevent joint pain, freight rates are holding and other industry oddities and news items are featured along with Truck Gallery.

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Build on your short-term successes

Get out there and exercise. You never know what you will find and how good you will feel.

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FMCSA’s hours rule justification includes, well, guess who…

You can imagine my surprise yesterday when, just as I'm perusing portions of the new hours rule's full text in preparation for a story or two I'm putting together for Truckers News and Overdrive, I get an email from a colleague making note of the fact that none other than my own reporting is sourced in part of the rule's justification. Sure enough, right there on the 13th page of the 55-page document, in response to ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Big Idaho Potato Tour peels out behind T660 drives

More trucking news here emerging from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl like a shoot from a half-pound baker left on the windowsill. You'll recall my post about the fine salute Women in Trucking delivered to the females of our industry during the televised contest -- and now, check out the giant re-creation of one of those half-pound Idaho symbols of pride, set on a trailer and pulled by a Kenworth T660 supplied by the Kenworth ...

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New vids from owner-operator/songwriter Howard Salmon

I caught up with Howard Salmon at the TA in downtown Nashville a couple weeks back now -- it'd been more than a year since the last time we'd been able to meet up, and he had much to tell. His independent trucking business, hauling in a 1999 Kenworth W900 with a reefer and loading mostly brokered freight around the states, continues well, though like so many out there he's put in long rounds without a ...

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